Gov. DeSantis talks back-to-school and positive signs in COVID-19 data

Gov. Ron DeSantis news conference in Tallahassee.
Gov. Ron DeSantis news conference in Tallahassee. (WPLG)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to Floridians regarding COVID-19 on Wednesday evening.

He spoke about the importance of students returning to school amid the coronavirus pandemic, calling it a “safe haven for so many in our society.”

He also spoke about a decline in hospitalizations from COVID-19 and some other positive signs in the state’s data.

“We’re not yet where we need to be, but we’re encouraged by the trends,” DeSantis said.

Watch a replay of the news conference below:

WATCH: DeSantis addresses Florida on COVID-19

Gov. Ron DeSantis is speaking to Floridians regarding COVID-19.

Posted by WPLG Local 10 on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The state on Wednesday reported 8,109 new coronavirus cases and 212 more residents’ deaths, though the case total was inflated by a Miami Gardens lab sending seven weeks worth of positive case results (4,000+) to the health department at once.

On Tuesday the state did set a single-day record by reporting 276 resident deaths.

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